A new week brings a renewed sense of optimism.
The nib Newcastle Knights will look to turn the tide and showcase an improved performance when they play the Sydney Roosters this Friday night.
After a demoralising loss to the Melbourne Storm last start, the Knights have identified key areas for improvement.
Tyson Frizell spoke to the media from the Sunshine Coast hub and said there were no excuses for the heavy defeat.
“It’s not enjoyable the day after a game like that,” Frizell said.
“We need to knuckle out what we did wrong and where we can be better.
“If we want to do something in this competition and get to the finals at the back end of the year, we need to move on quickly.”
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Entrenched in the back end of the season with every point becoming increasingly crucial, the Knights face a stern proposition in the Roosters.
The 2018 and 19 premiers have put back-to-back wins together to cement themselves in the eight.
The Knights were also outscored 38-4 by the Tri-colours back in Round 8.
However, with key players returning in Daniel Saifiti and Sauaso Sue along with Kalyn Ponga and David Klemmer proving their fitness, the side believes they can bounce back with a victory.
“They’re a strong side, there is no shying away from that,” Frizell said.
“They have been consistent for years and when people come in, they can just slot in there and do their role.
“They’re going to be tough to beat but we’re capable of doing that.”
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Frizell was also a major return to the side for the Storm clash and will be better for his first match since Round 12.
Although admitting he pulled up sore, Frizell stated he is raring to go for Friday.
“Having been out for five, six weeks and that first game you come back from a stint on the sidelines is pretty tough,” Frizell said.
“There was no issue (with the injury).
“I’ve had a good week in preparation for this game so I’m ready to go.”